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  1. First 'By Royal Command' Proof Emerges

    With all but two major literary James Bond releases behind us, all eyes now turn to Charlie Higson’s Young Bond series.

    Our friends at The Young Bond Dossier report that the first proof copy of Higson’s By Royal Command – his fifth Young Bond book – recently sold on eBay.

    The spiral-bound proof fetched an impressive £74 on the auction website.

    Uncorrected/advance proofs are early copies of a novel sent to bookstores and media outlets meant to generate public awareness and interest. Since they are not readily made available to the general public and are published in limited quantities, they can be difficult to track down.

    Meanwhile, The Young Bond Dossier also reports that Puffin have published an eight-page preview booklet of the forthcoming SilverFin graphic novel.

    By Royal Command will be published in hardback in the UK on 4 September. SilverFin: The Graphic Novel will be released on 2 October.

    Keep watching for the latest literary James Bond news.

    Matt Weston @ 2008-07-19